For those who aren't as familiar with the two clubs, Nottingham Forest & Sheffield United have a bubbling rivalry that's been brewing for decades, were you aware? And now, that rivalry can continue in the Premier League again, but why is this rivalry so fierce? We will explore and educate you as to why this rivalry will be one of the more entertaining one this year out of all the clubs in the Premier League this year.
It doesn't stem from regional rivalry, as the two cities are separated by 32 miles of the M1 highway. There's no religious history like that of Rangers and Celtic, nor is it a result of class conflict. Instead, this animosity can be traced back to a nationwide coal mining dispute in the 1920s and remains connected to the animosity from the 1984 miners' strike. This sentiment continues to exist among older fans' recollections and persists as part of folklore for others.
Nottingham Forest have shared more the cake when it comes to recent form, having lost just 1 of the last 13 home games, the total record between the two clubs stands is more even than you might have thought. From all competitions Forest have claimed 49 wins, 35 draws over Sheffield United but also 46 losses to the Blades. After the most recent Championship Playoff Semi-Final performance, the Blades will definitely want to claim a win or two over Forest this year.
Football History and Tradition
Both Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United have a rich footballing history and a strong tradition of success. Nottingham Forest, under the legendary manager Brian Clough, achieved remarkable success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, winning back-to-back European Cups. This period of glory firmly established Nottingham Forest as a force to be reckoned with in English football. Similarly, Sheffield United has a proud history, with notable achievements including winning the FA Cup four times. The clubs' respective successes and passionate fan bases have added to the intensity of their encounters and fueled the rivalry.
Personalities and Controversies
The rivalry between Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United has been shaped by the personalities involved, both on and off the pitch. Over the years, there have been instances of managers, players, and even fans stoking the flames of the rivalry through their actions and statements. Figures such as Nigel Clough, son of Brian Clough and former manager of Nottingham Forest, and Billy Davies, former manager of Nottingham Forest, have added fuel to the fire with their involvement in matches and off-field controversies. These individuals have become part of the narrative surrounding the rivalry, further igniting passions among fans and creating memorable moments that have contributed to the intensity of the rivalry.
Most Recent Meetings
Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United most recently faced other in the Championship Playoff Semi-Final in the 2021-2022 season. Sheffield United won the first leg 2-1 at Bramall Lane, but Nottingham Forest won the second leg 2-1 at the City Ground, resulting in a 3-3 aggregate scoreline. The match went to penalties, with Nottingham Forest winning 3-2 to advance to the Championship Playoff Final against Huddersfield Town. Brice Samba, Nottingham Forest's goalkeeper, was instrumental in getting his team through, making crucial saves during the match over & over and saving spot-kicks from Ollie Norwood, Conor Hourihane, and Morgan Gibbs-White during the penalty shootout. Sheffield United's defeat extended the club's woeful play-off record to nine failed attempts from nine campaigns, and denied them a chance of making an immediate top-flight return.
Once the game had finished chaos was about to ensue, the festivities were overshadowed by shocking incidents. This included a large number of spectators rushing onto the field, leading to a. full pitch invasion. During this invasion Billy Sharp, the captain of United, was subjected to an assault by a supporter of Forest, among other incidents that were happening across the pitch.
I think it's safe to say we are all excited to see what happens in the Premier League game tonight between Forest & The Blades, what's score prediction?